Destination Guide

Destination: Calgary

Calgary is best known for cowboy boots and blue jeans, but don't forget to pack your soft-spikes, clubs and golf shorts.

Alberta's largest city is famous for the Calgary Stampede, a medley of midway rides, rodeo, country music and line-dancing, beer-drinking bashes. Ironically, the 10 days of what's called the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth each July might be the easiest time to score a tee-time in the Stampede City because everybody else has temporarily gone Wild West. In 2011, CNN listed the Stampede, which attracts 250,000 visitors a year, as one of the top five parties in the world.

Like most other major centers, many of Calgary's top golf courses have a members-only sign at the entrance gate, but that doesn't mean there aren't any top-notch options for the rest of us. Among the favorites are Lynx Ridge and Valley Ridge, situated on opposites sides of the Bow River valley. For the best views of the downtown skyline, including the Calgary Tower, try municipal-run Shaganappi Point.

Within a half hour of city limits, you'll find D’Arcy Ranch, Heritage Pointe, the Links of GlenEagles and Redwood Meadows. Aim your rental car toward the jagged mountaintops and you'll be en route to scenic setups such as Kananaskis Country Golf Course, Silvertip, Stewart Creek and Banff Springs.

This is best known as a snow-covered destination, but as long as Mother Nature is playing nice, golf season runs from April through October.

Calgary was site of the 1988 Winter Olympic Games, and visitors can still check out the ski-jump or sign up for a hair-raising rumble down the bobsled track. Another top attraction is Spruce Meadows, home to several world-class show-jumping competitions.

Calgary is the closest city to Canada's Rocky Mountains, about an hour drive to Banff National Park and all the hiking, mountain-biking, skiing and sight-seeing you can handle. Ninety minutes the other direction, you'll find Dinosaur Provincial Park and the world-famous Royal Tyrrell Museum, where you can stand in the shadows of full-size skeletal replicas of the Tyrannosaurus Rex and other raptors.

Your best bet for accommodations is to book a hotel in Calgary's re-emerging downtown core. Just be warned you won't get much sleep if your stay coincides with Stampede.

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Courses

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Cochrane Golf Club
Tee Times
Cochrane $21
Lakeside Greens Golf Club
Tee Times
Chestermere $22
Collicutt Siding Golf Course
Tee Times
Crossfield $33
Acme Golf Club
Tee Times
Acme $5
Spirit/Millburn at River Spirit Golf Club
Tee Times
Calgary $43
Water Valley Golf & Country Club Water Valley $45.00 - $79.29
Oxbow Country Golf Course
Tee Times
Strathmore $24
Muirfield Lakes Golf Club Lyalta $40 - $77
Crystal Ridge Golf Club Okotoks $28 - $38
McKenzie Meadows Golf Club Calgary $44.76 - $62.86
Heritage/Mountainview at Highwood Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
High River $45
Strathmore Golf Club
Tee Times
Strathmore $8
Cottonwood Golf & Country Club De Winton N/A
Cattails/Spirit at River Spirit Golf Club
Tee Times
Calgary $43
Apple Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Airdrie $15
Nanton Golf Club
Tee Times
Nanton $18
Inglewood Golf & Curling Club Calgary N/A
Millburn/Cattails at River Spirit Golf Club
Tee Times
Calgary $43
Vulcan Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Vulcan $25
Three Hills Golf Club
Tee Times
Three Hills $12
Wintergreen Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Bragg Creek $55
Pointe/Desert at Heritage Pointe Golf Club De Winton $55 - $100
Turner Valley Golf Club Turner Valley $56 - $70
Boulder Creek Golf Course Langdon $29 - $43
Confederation Park Golf Course Calgary $32
Par-3 Nine at McCall Lake Golf Course Calgary $16
Didsbury Golf Club Didsbury $20 - $38
McCall Lake Golf Course Calgary $44
Beaver Dam Golf Course Madden $37
Sundre Golf Club Sundre $49 - $79
Ridge at Country Hills Golf Club Calgary N/A
Mountain View/Springs at Elbow Springs Golf Club Calgary $80
River's Edge Golf Club Okotoks $40 - $56
Forest at Glencoe Golf and Country Club Calgary N/A
Golf Canada Centre Calgary $19.50
Coyote Nine at Coyote Creek Golf & RV Resort Sundre $25 - $35
Redwood Meadows Golf & Country Club Redwood Meadows $70 - $95
Valley Ridge Golf Club Calgary $70 - $89
Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club Calgary N/A
Deer Nine at Coyote Creek Golf & RV Resort Sundre $25 - $35
Lakeview Golf Course Calgary $21
Championship Course at Olds Golf Club Olds $49.05 - $83.34
Livingstone Golf Course Calgary $29 - $35
Pinebrook Golf & Country Club Calgary N/A
Tooth of the Dogpound Creek Golf Course Cremona $40 - $72
Valley Nine at Shaganappi Point Golf Course Calgary $26.00
Bearspaw Country Club Calgary $80 - $160
Meadows – Lakes/Bridges at Glencoe Golf and Country Club Calgary N/A
Grove/Hills at HeatherGlen Rocky View $51.90
Lynx Ridge Golf Club Calgary $55 - $89
Spitzee/Heritage at Highwood Golf & Country Club High River $35 - $55
Speargrass Golf Course Carseland $45 - $65
Aspen/Spruce at Innisfail Golf Club Innisfail $70 - $85
Talons at Country Hills Golf Club Calgary N/A
Douglasdale Golf Course Calgary $25 - $38
Shaganappi Point Golf Course Calgary $44
Shaw-Nee Slopes Golf Course Calgary $43 - $50
Desert/Heritage at Heritage Pointe Golf Club De Winton $55 - $100
Bowden Hi-Way Golf Course Bowden $22 - $41
Links of GlenEagles Cochrane $39 - $99
Lakeview at Earl Grey Golf Club Calgary N/A
Earl Grey at Earl Grey Golf Club Calgary N/A
Silver Springs Calgary N/A
Harvest Hills Golf Course Calgary $20 - $28
Elbow/Springs at Elbow Springs Golf Club Calgary $80
Forest Heights Golf Course Sundre $45 - $61
Firefly/Mayfly at Silverwing Golf Course Calgary $39 - $53
Willow Park Golf & Country Club Calgary N/A
Sirocco Golf Club Calgary $45 - $72
Blue Devil Golf Club Calgary $69.90 - $79.90
Hills/Creek at HeatherGlen Rocky View $51.90
Springbank Links Golf Course Calgary $50 - $62
Carstairs Community Golf Club Carstairs $35 - $93
Raven Course at Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club Priddis $205
Canal at Delacour Golf Club Delacour $52
Country Club of the Hamptons Calgary $90
Calgary Elks Lodge & Golf Club Calgary $40 - $98
Calgary Golf & Country Club Calgary N/A
D'Arcy Ranch Golf Club Okotoks $40 - $75
Meadows – Slopes/Lakes at Glencoe Golf and Country Club Calgary N/A
Carnmoney Golf Club De Winton N/A
Hawk Course at Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club Priddis $205
Mountain View/Elbow at Elbow Springs Golf Club Calgary $80
Fox Hollow Golf Course Calgary $35 - $43
Pointe/Heritage at Heritage Pointe Golf Club De Winton $55 - $100
Firefly/Dragonfly at Silverwing Golf Course Calgary $39 - $53
Maple Ridge Golf Course Calgary $51
Par-3 Practice Course at Olds Golf Club Olds $4.76
Dragonfly/Mayfly at Silverwing Golf Course Calgary $39 - $53
Blue Devil Golf Club - Lil Devil Course Calgary $20.90
Spitzee/Mountainview at Highwood Golf & Country Club High River $35 - $55
Gleniffer Lake Resort & Country Club Spruce View $30 - $52
Woodside Golf Course Airdrie $33 - $53
Meadows - Bridges/Slopes at Glencoe Golf and Country Club Calgary N/A
Creek/Grove at HeatherGlen Calgary $51.90
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